March 2015, Vol. 70, No. 3


LCRA Lane City Reservoir Project Breaks Ground

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) broke ground on a new water supply reservoir near Lane City, TX, in December last year.

When completed in 2017, the nearly 40,000 acre-foot (13 billion gallon) reservoir being constructed off the main channel of the Colorado River will help secure water sources for the drought prone Texas region.

In April 2013, LCRA awarded CH2M HILL a contract for the design of the reservoir and pump station, as well as the rehabilitation and upgrade of the intakes, along with associated conveyance to and from the reservoir. The contract also includes assessment and rehabilitation of a low-head dam on the river, downstream from the project.

The Lane City Reservoir Project is the region’s first significant new water supply reservoir in decades. With capacity greater than lakes Marble Falls, Austin and Lady Bird on the Colorado River combined, the reservoir will enable LCRA to store significant amounts of water near the Texas Gulf Coast and add an estimated 90,000 acre-feet to LCRA’s annual water supply even during periods of drought. The reservoir will reduce the need to release water from the region’s main water storage reservoirs upstream, Lakes Travis and Buchanan, which currently provide water for more than one million people in Central Texas, as well as businesses, industries, and agricultural users.

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